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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think the student body at Williams is representative of nearly all walks of life. While certain socioeconomic classes are certainly more represented than others, overall a variety of backgrounds are present on campus.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It's pretty good, though I know of others who have complained of their experience as a minority.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: People here generally get along, no matter their ethnic, cultural, or socioeconomic background

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many Minorities and Internationals. Whites Still the Majority – Yes, the majority of students are white (~60%), but for a liberal arts school in the Northeast, Williams has relatively large minority and international student populations. The numbers of minorities and internationals increase annually. It helps that Williams' students are typically open-minded, so whenever there are conflicts (which there have been), people vocalize their concerns, and we as a community make steps to appropriately respond to those concerns.

There is quite a wide spread of socioeconomic backgrounds, though most students fall in the upper middle class bracket. Also, ~50% of students are wealthy enough to not be on financial aid. As a student on financial aid, I've never felt judged or embarrassed. At times, though, I've felt irritated by the ignorant attitudes and insensitive comments displayed by some of the super wealthy students.

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  • 804th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Semira Menghes
Atlanta, GA
American Studies - Arts in Context
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Williams is a very quirky and diverse place. The students are open and interested in meeting people different from themselves. Most students are like this and have a diverse group of friends—not just racially, but also socioeconomically.

The Williams administration works very hard to educate students not as willing to experiment with dissimilar people about stereotypes and the importance of talking to people different than them. The campus is very inclusive and has a ridiculously large concentration of nice and kind people. If you’re open to new experiences, you will definitely feel open here.


Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 43%
22-24: 7%
25+: 2%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 77%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Gay pride is high, and the campus shows its support the most at the biannual themed Queer Bash party, which is guaranteed to be the craziest party of the year.
Political Activity
The campus is predominantly liberal and moderate with a few conservatives. Liberal campus groups such as the Women's Collective and the Queer Student Union are active without any conservative groups to be found.
Economic Status
The majority of students are middle-class with 80 percent of students needing-and receiving-financial aid.
Most Common Religions
Christianity and Judaism are prominent. There are a few Muslims on campus and an Athiest group that recently formed.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Asian American Students in Action (AASiA), Black Student Union (BSU), Chinese-American Student Organization (CASO), Minority Coalition (MinCo), Queer Student Union (QSU), and the Latino Student Group (Vista) are the most prominent.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 19% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 50% Liberal
  • 19% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 7% Not sure
  • 53% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 13 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 15 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 47% Very accepting.
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